This year, for the first time, the AfriSam-South African Institute of Architects Award for Sustainable Architecture will mount an exhibition to showcase their finalists, which will include a curated educational programme. Fifteen of South Africa’s top sustainable architectural projects are in the running for the third bi-annual award, which will be announced on 9 October. The exhibition, which runs from 10 – 30 October at the newly renovated Johannesburg City Library, is also free to the public during the library’s normal opening hours.

Sponsored by AfriSam, Grade 6 and 7 learners from across Johannesburg have been invited to participate in an interactive morning of exploration, designed to highlight the importance of sustainability and how it affects their personal lives.  Sessions comprise a hands-on workshop with interactive activities and take-home crafts and include a walkabout of the exhibition to illustrate the concepts learnt in each workshop.

The exhibition has been designed to take into account its location and to reflect the underlying ethos of the awards and will be constructed entirely out of paper and cardboard, including Rebul modular packaging, originally designed to protect fragile goods. Set against the backdrop of the historic library, the design elements will become a miniature city-scape within the building, complemented by living green walls and a range of trees laser cut from second hand books. All design elements for the exhibition are 100% recyclable.

The AfriSam-SAIA Award recognises buildings and upliftment community projects that are the result of an integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology. It shows that design and sustainability can and should be mutually reinforcing.

Said AfriSam CEO Stephan Olivier, “For the first time we are sponsoring an exhibition and educational component as part of our bi-annual award, to underline the importance for the next generation of incorporating green thinking into their everyday lives, not just via the usual ‘reduce and recycle’ message, but also introducing them to the impact that sustainable design can have on their community and their daily environment.”

Sindile Ngonyama, president of SAIA, commented, “We are delighted that our first exhibition can also help to showcase the renovation of one of Johannesburg’s most important buildings, the City Library, which was designed by John Perry. The library was the first building to receive a SAIA Award of Merit in 1931, so we have come full circle in hosting another noteworthy event within its walls. Great design and great architecture can significantly impact on our daily lives. They should stand the test of time, as well as shape the future – something we hope that our awards help to underline.”

You can read more about all fifteen finalists in the 2014 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture at www.4tmrw.co.za

The two-hour educational sessions will be hosted twice per morning at Johannesburg City Library, from Monday 13 October to Thursday 30 October, at 9:00am and 11:30am respectively. Each session can accommodate 30 – 40 learners. For bookings, on a first-come, first-served basis, please contact batya.bricker@gmail.com< The exhibition is open from Friday, 10 October to Thursday, 30 October during Johannesburg City Library’s normal opening hours, Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm. (Ends) NOTES TO EDITORS AFRISAM AfriSam is a leading producer of quality construction materials in southern Africa. The company has committed itself to protecting the environment through conscientious and responsible manufacturing processes and a responsible attitude towards the impact of its business operations on the community and the environment. As the sponsor of this award, AfriSam is proud to be associated with the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) in recognising outstanding achievement in sustainable architecture. THE SOUTH AFRICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS The South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) and the Regional Institutes are committed to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and competence in architecture. Any member of the Institute, as defined in the Constitution, is required to:

  • continually enhance their professional skills
  • ensure that their work promotes sustainable development goals to the benefit of the South African community and the natural environment
  • improve the standards of health and safety for the protection and welfare of all members of society.
Members of the Institute, registered as professional architects, subscribe to a Code of Ethics with established principals which remain core to members as they conduct their business. To continually elevate the architectural profession and support members as they strive to attain the highest standards of workmanship, SAIA ensures its members are educated and trained appropriately. Thus, SAIA members are equipped to provide leadership and critical judgement, while also exercising their specialist knowledge, skills and aptitude for the betterment of design and development in the built environment.

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